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There are several ways that pets enrich our lives and bring us joy, but when they are urinating on the carpet, it can be frustrating. When your pet urinates on your carpet, all is not lost. There are several ways that you can remove it. Some of those techniques involve chemical cleaners found at your local store, but there are also ways to remove it naturally. Carpet Care 2000 is here to talk about how to remove pet urine from your carpet using natural techniques.

Why Is Natural Green Cleaning Important?

When it comes to your pets, you don’t want to expose them to any harsh chemicals when it isn’t necessary. Not only that, but other cleaners will often leave a film on your carpet that will attract dirt and dust in the future. This natural cleaning method will remove the odor as well as the spot without leaving behind a residue that will cause problems later.

Step 1 – Blot at Carpet Stain. Don’t Scrub

The important thing to remember when you are cleaning up a mess on your carpet is to blot not scrub. Scrubbing the fibers will damage them and leave your carpet looking completely different once it has dried. For step one, use a clean white cloth and gently blot the stain to soak up any of the excess urine.

Step 2 – Vinegar for Dog Urine Removal

Using a bucket, spray bottle or water bottle, you will mix a vinegar and water solution. This solution will be a 50/50 solution of warm water and white vinegar. Vinegar is great at neutralizing the ammonia in the urine and will ensure the area is wet again so that all the urine can be soaked up. Vinegar works to cut through even the most stubborn stains. You will want to generously pour the vinegar and water solution on the area that you are treating.

Step 3 – Baking Soda Neutralizes Carpet Odors

Once you have removed as much of the urine as you can, you will apply baking soda. During this step, apply the baking soda generously. You want to completely cover the area that was exposed to urine; so much so, that you can’t see the urine beneath it. The baking soda will start to bubble and fiz as it works to remove the odor. You may even want to work the baking soda into the carpet a little bit with your hands to ensure it makes its way down to the bottom of the fibers.

Step 4 – Vacuum Baking Soda

You need to leave the baking soda on the carpet until it is completely dried. This could take more than a day, but it often will just need to sit overnight. Once the baking soda is completely dry, you will be able to see that is has soaked up all the urine as it will be yellow at that point. You will then use your vacuum to remove the baking soda from the carpet. You should no longer smell any trace of urine and neither will your pet.

Carpet Cleaning, Stain Removal in Tracy, Livermore, San Ramon, Dublin, Mountain House, Walnut Creek, Danville & the East Bay of California

If you can’t remove tough urine stains from your carpet, you can always call on the professionals at Carpet Care 2000 to remove even the toughest stains. Call us today!

Bleach spots are most often reversible on carpets. In some cases, you can reduce the appearance of bleach spots if you quickly remove the bleach when gets on the carpets. However, some bleach stains are somewhat of a mystery. For example why are their foot print bleach stains, or a bunch of tiny sprinkles everywhere on your carpet? Carpet Care 2000 would like to help explain some of those mysterious bleach stains and let you know that you don’t have to replace your carpet because of bleach stains. We’ll also share how bleach stains can be covered.

What Causes Mysterious Bleach Spots

As most people know, bleach is a chemical cleaner used for purifying white linens. It should not be used on carpets and upholstery since it will strip the color out. However, spills occur and accidents happen all the time. Bleach spills aren’t much of a mystery. However, many homeowners don’t always realize that many household cleaners do contain bleach or chlorine which is a sister to bleach. Never use household cleaners that are not designated for carpets or upholstery. Most bathroom and some multi-purpose cleaners will contain bleach or chlorine which will remove the dye in the carpet. Not all bleach spots will cause white or yellowish spots on carpet. Those pink, green or blue stains that lighten the carpet color are often caused by hydrochloric acid. Hydrochloric acid stains are similar to bleach spots. Hydrochloric acid is in stomach acid. Therefore, vomit stains can cause the dye to strip out like a bleach spot and is treated the same way. The color changes from hydrochloric acid exposure differs on the dye that is in the carpet. For example, red dyes can turn blue, and blue stains can turn green. Another source of bleach stain is acne and skin cream such as foot creams. Hygiene products that contain benzoyl peroxide has a number of skin care products that use it. However, benzoyl peroxide is like a bleach which can strip the color out of carpet. Wondering why you have bleach stains in the shape of a foot print? Well, it is probably because someone applied a foot cream that contains benzoyl peroxide in it.

How to Fix & Repair Bleach Spots

Bleach stains aren’t a true stain in the sense it is a contaminate that is inside the carpet which causes the discoloration. Bleach spots are the absence of dye, meaning some of the dye in the carpet has been removed. In order to repair the spot, dye will need to be added back in where it was stripped away. This may seem simple but it takes a specialist to come and create a dye mixture that will interact with the bleach and blend in with the rest of the carpet’s dye. Before the dye is added back often the carpet around the affected area needs to be cleaned to prevent contamination. Then the dye mixture is applied to the carpet using specialized tools.

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If you have bleach stains in your carpet and you don’t want to replace the carpet, contact Carpet Care 2000. We provide a number of services including bleach spot repair. To schedule our services, contact Carpet Care 2000 today.

It’s every parent’s worst nightmare right? Head lice are connected with filth no matter how many times professionals say that it has nothing to do with the cleanliness of your home. If you have had a recent lice infestation in your home, you may be wondering what other surfaces these little creatures may be hiding around. Carpet Care 2000 is here to talk about head lice and how long they can survive on sofas and other surfaces of your home.

Stages & Life Cycle of Lice

Following is a breakdown of the lifespan of every louse.
Day 1: Nit is laid on a hair shaft. When nits are removed from hair they are harmless and can no longer infect someone else.
Day 7-10: The nit hatches. A newly hatched louse is called a nymph.
Day 9-20: The nymph will shed its skin three times during this period in its quest to adulthood. They don’t leave their host head until they are fully mature.
Day 17-20: Females are fertilized. They only need to be fertilized once and then will be fertile their entire life.
Day 18-22: A female louse begins laying her eggs. She can lay 4-5 eggs a day for the next 14-16 days. If they move onto a new host, they may or may not be able to tolerate the new host’s blood type but will likely still lay nits that will hatch and grow.
Day 32-34: The louse only lives up to 38 days after being laid as a nit.

Myths About Head Lice on a Mattress & Upholstery Furniture

Have you ever heard of people being scared they will get lice when they go to the movie theater? There is a myth that in public places like theaters and areas where heads come in contact with the seating, that lice can be spread this way. The truth of the matter is that it is highly unlikely that someone will get lice that way. Lice are generally passed on by head to head contact and not from an infected head making contact with seating.

How Long Can Lice Live on a Couch or Mattress?

Head lice can’t survive long when they are not on a host. A host is a human head. This is where they feed, lay their eggs and thrive. When lice are not near their host, they will only survive for about 24 hours. So if you have had a lice outbreak in your home, and have had the family treated to get rid of this bug, the likelihood that they will be passed on from your sofa is not very high.

Sofa & Mattress Cleaning & More in Tracy, Livermore, San Ramon, Dublin, Mountain House, Walnut Creek, Danville & the East Bay of California

If you have experienced a lice infestation in your home, and feel uneasy about your sofa and mattresses, you will breathe easier after calling on the professionals at Carpet Care 2000 to give your fabric furniture and mattresses a deep cleaning. We use industrial strength cleaning supplies and equipment that will leave your upholstery and mattress fresh and clean. Call us today!

Are you one of the millions of Americans that own a pet? Families across the country own dogs, cats, hamsters, gerbils, birds and more. Pets have been beloved members of families for years and they will continue to be for years to come as well. Among other things pets provide people with companionship, love, and partners for outdoor activities. While pets are amazing to have around there are some drawbacks to having indoor pets. When your pets live indoors they can have accidents on your floor. If pet urine does not get cleaned up there are some dangers that you should be aware of.

Effects of Breathing Ammonia in Cat & Dog Urine

Since cats and dogs are the most common type of pets we will focus on cat and dog urine. First we want you to make sure that when you are cleaning up cat and dog urine you wear gloves. All animal waste carries bacteria and can cause illness. Wearing a pair of gloves will help you from becoming exposed to any bacteria that is in the urine or feces. Dog and cat urine has a distinct ammonia smell. When there is a large quantity of ammonia in the air your lungs can begin to burn. The burning can burn your throat, respiratory tract, and nose. You can become lightheaded and even faint. If you have prolonged exposure to ammonia you can get permanent eye damage and skin burns. Children are more at risk for eye and skin problems than adults. Ammonia exposure can lead to tracheal burns, nasopharyngeal cancer, alveolar edema, bronchiolar edema, and airway damage-leading to respiratory distress or malfunction like bronchitis and pneumonia. You can also become short or breath or fatigued.

Campylobacter in Dogs

Pet urine and feces can carry Campylobacter jejuni. That is a germ that causes diarrhea, vomiting, and fever. The bacteria and organisms can get on your hands when you do not even know it. If your dog or cat poops then rubs his/her butt on your couch or chair somewhere you may accidentally touch that spot. Then once you touch that spot if you eat something the bacteria can get in your mouth. If you have animals Carpet Care 2000 recommends that you wash your hands before you eat.
With all of those amazing benefits, there are also a few words of caution for cat owners.

Toxoplasmosis in Cats

Cat feces and urine are known to cause two different illnesses – Escherichia coli bacterial infection and toxoplasmosis. Escherichia Coli bacterial infection, commonly known as E.coli, can affect your urinary tract and cause cramping and diarrhea. Typically if one family member is infected with E.Coli, another family member will be infected as well. E.Coli infections can be effectively treated with antibiotic treatment. Toxoplasmosis may cause flu-like symptoms of fever, body aches, and diarrhea. Fortunately healthy humans frequently don’t even know they have been affected by toxoplasmosis. Healthy immune systems will fight off the infection without us ever knowing that we are ill. If your body is unable to fight it off medication will be necessary and medical treatment should be sought. To prevent these illnesses cat owners should make sure that they safely handle the litter box, maintain a clean litter box at all times, and ensure that their carpets, rugs, and upholstery is frequently cleaned to remove cat feces and urine.

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If you would like to help keep the bacteria mentioned above out of your carpet and furniture give Carpet Care 2000 a call today. We can come out and clean your carpet and upholstery so that the bacteria from your cute dogs and cats do not make you sick. Contact us today!

As we ring in the New Year many times we set goals for ourselves to accomplish as the year progresses. Weight loss, organization, career, home, family, and personal growth are all popular areas for these goals to be made in. Maybe one of your goals is to redecorate or remodel one of the rooms in your home. When you begin your journey you may find yourself needing to purchase a new couch. Finding a couch that fits the needs of your family can be harder than it sounds. At Carpet Care 2000 we run into all sorts of different couches. We have put together a list of common materials for couches for you to consider as you are purchasing your new couch. There are three different categories of material available for couches: natural fibers, synthetics, and leather. What type of material you choose really just depends on your personal taste, requirements, and lifestyle.

Cleaning Natural Fiber Upholstery

Natural fibers are just what you think they are – materials that are made from natural sources, like plants and animals.
Chenille: Chenille has a soft surface with weft threading. The threading gives it a unique nap. Chenille is frequently used in pieces that you would like to be extremely comfortable like recliners, sofas, and children’s furniture. Chenille can be made with natural fibers or from synthetics. If natural is important to you do not assume that all chenille is made of natural fibers.
Cotton: Cotton material is so versatile. Cotton can add texture to your couch. It is also strong, resistant to soiling, and resistant to wrinkling. The best-quality cotton blends are typically 45% to 60% cotton.
Jute: Jute is a natural fiber that is produced mainly in India and Bangladesh. Jute is traditionally used for rope and matting. Over the years it has also been used in furniture. It is extremely prone to wrinkling so many times it is used for accent pieces.
Linen: Linen is an extremely strong natural textile fiber that is made from flax. Since it is smooth, soft, and naturally lustrous linen can be an excellent choice for furniture. It is durable and naturally resistant to moths, pilling, and abrasion. Linen looks amazing on traditional dining chairs and tufted arm chairs.
Wool: Wool is a made naturally from animal hair. It is extremely durable. Most wool fabrics today are a blend of natural and synthetic fibers. The synthetic fibers help the wool stand up better to wear and tear and also make it easier to clean.

How Easy are Synthetic Couches to Clean?

Synthetic fabrics are engineered fabrics that are man-made. They tend to be more durable than natural fibers. Overall they are also more resistant to fading and staining than their natural counterparts.
Microfiber: Microfiber is a knit blend polyester fabric. It is softer than suede but gives you the look of suede. Microfiber is a dense material made of tightly coven synthetic fibers. It is extremely durable and moisture resistant. If you do spill something on it dabbing it with water typically gets rid of the stain.
Nylon: Nylon is usually blended with other materials to help create a strong and durable material. It is easy to maintain and does not wrinkle.
Olefin: Olefin is a manmade material that is actually produced from melting down plastic pellets. Then they add color and the threads are then woven together. It is resistant to abrasions, stains, sunlight, and chemicals. If your couch will receive heavy use this is a great fabric to choose.

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We hope that this information helps you make the decision that is best for you and your family as you select a new couch this year. Just remember that if you want your new couch to keep looking nice you will want to have it professionally cleaned once a year. Give Carpet Care 2000 a call to schedule your next cleaning!

Professional carpet cleaning is a necessary part of maintenance and care of your carpets. It will preserve the condition, health and lifespan. Manufacturers recommend you get your carpets professionally cleaned every 6-12 months, an in fact, in many cases the warranty is void if you neglect professional care. Professionals can deep clean your carpets and extract the deep rooted, compacted soil, tough stains, and neutralize most odors. Unless you diligently schedule your carpet cleaning, it may not be obvious, as even seemingly clean carpets need a deep clean. With that in mind, we at Carpet Care 2000 would like to list some clues that suggest your carpets are in need of a deep, professional cleaning.

Carpet Cleaning for Asthma & Allergy Sufferers

Everyone in your home may be affected by allergies. Where allergies vary, dirty carpets trapping the allergens will impact the individual. Watery eyes, runny noses, issues breathing, and excessive sneezing that occurs more often and/or lasts longer than average suggest allergies. Vacuuming regularly does not get all the dirt, dust, pet dander, and allergens, though it can often extend the time in between professional cleaning. In people who are susceptible to allergies and respiratory problems, the buildup can induce more allergies and asthma, as well as make them last longer. When you notice an increase with allergies and asthma, schedule a professional cleaning to help reduce the symptoms.

Carpet Odor from Water Damage, Pets & More

You should schedule a professional cleaning if you notice any odors coming from the carpets, especially if spots and stains are the source of the odors. Simple vacuuming and spot removal products are incapable of fully removing the unappealing side effects of household accidents and carpet use. To properly evaluate the stains and odors, you need a qualified carpet cleaning specialist that can effectively remove the spots, stains, and odors. When you enter carpeted rooms, pay close attention to a change in smell and appearance. You should invest in a professional cleaning if you find any changes.

Discolored Carpet Colors

Carpet coloring will fade over time and use, in some cases it is noticeable, especially when you move the furniture around. It is more common, and concentrated, in high-traffic areas and areas where direct sunlight pierces through the windows. Look for high-quality carpet and schedule routine carpet cleanings with a qualified professional. When you notice the discoloration, call for a professional.

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Overall, cleaning spills immediately, daily vacuuming, and professional carpet cleaning once a year are the basics for your carpet’s maintenance. With the talented experts of Carpet Care 2000, you can be rest assured that your carpets are thoroughly cleaned, sanitized, and deodorized, to ensure the maximum care for your carpets. We use state of the art equipment and products that ensure the ultimate level of clean. Call us today to schedule your carpet cleaning appointment. Our experts are readily available to provide the best care and the deepest clean for your carpets to revitalize and restore their vibrancy.

Carpet beetle larvae are a common problem in homes and often times go unnoticed for lengthy periods of time. They are elusive household pests that prefer to hide in dark, less frequented areas of the home, away from human traffic. Unfortunately, many people realize they have an infestation when they see their bed linens or clothing has been destroyed. If the infestation gets bad enough, they can destroy your carpets from the bottom to the top in a short time. Adult carpet beetles feed mainly on plants. So, they are attracted to our homes by the colorful, tasty plants in our yards and eventually make their way indoors through open windows without screens, cracks or crevices around the doors or cracks in the walls. They then begin to breed inside our homes, and before we know it, they wreak havoc on our homes and belongings. Unlike other household pests, varied carpet beetles and their larvae are relatively simple to get rid of. Carpet Care 2000 will help you identify carpet beetles and larvae, point out common hiding places and explain how to get rid of them and keep them away.

Carpet Beetle Larvae Identification

Adults are oval shaped and sport black, white and yellow patterning on their bodies. Larvae look like tiny hairy worms with legs and are commonly known as “Woolly Bears”. Their bodies are covered in dense golden hair that may cause irritation to skin. They come in a light brown to black color.

Where to Find Carpet Beetles

Carpet beetle adults don’t cause damage inside the home. One of the only ways you may notice their presence is to see a group of them gathered around windows. If you see a group of these beetles at the window, you can be sure there are larvae somewhere in your home. They frequent dark, less traveled spaces of the home such as closets, air ducts, under furniture, under carpets, under baseboards and in storage boxes or spaces. They are in search of organic material to feed on making leather, furs, silks, wool, bed linens, furniture and blankets prime feeding targets for carpet beetle larvae. A tell tale sign of their presence in a particular area would be shed skins or fecal pellets gathered in one area, or big holes chewed through upholstery, carpet or clothing.

Carpet Beetle Prevention & Removal

What to do if you find carpet beetle larvae in your home? Don’t panic. Carpet beetles are fairly simple to get rid of. Following are a few tips on how to get rid of carpet beetles and how to avoid an infestation in your home.
Vacuuming, sweeping & mopping– With good housekeeping you can deter carpet beetle larvae from making your home theirs. If you notice an infestation, you can suck up the larvae with a vacuum for easy removal.
Steam cleaning upholstery and carpets– By having your home steam cleaned by a professional at least once a year, you can ensure you are killing off any unwanted pests that may be lurking in your carpets or furniture. Steam cleaning not only kills carpet beetles and their larvae, it effectively removes carpet mites and 99% of viruses and bacteria in the treated areas! This is the most effective way to control carpet pest infestations!
Proper clothing storage– Always launder clothing before packing it away for storage. Putting clothing into boxes with stains attracts carpet beetle larvae. Place the laundered clothing or bed linens into sealable plastic bags, then pack them into airtight containers to keep unwanted pests out. Every so often, pull out these boxes and clean under and around them to check for pest activity.

Carpet Cleaning & More in Tracy, Livermore, San Ramon, Dublin, Mountain House, Walnut Creek, Danville & the East Bay of California

Carpet Care 2000 will happily assist you with any carpet beetle larvae infestation you may be dealing with. Give our office a call if you have further questions or would like to schedule a steam cleaning today!

Area rugs can be the finishing touch to any space. They come in all shapes and sizes, as well as colors and materials. One of the first things you need to decide on when you are selecting the right area rug for your space is the material that your rug will be made of. Carpet Care 2000 is here to talk about some of the most common materials that you may see area rugs are made of when selecting the area rugs for your home.

Natural Fiber Area Rugs

Rugs that are made of natural fibers are usually more durable than those made of synthetic. They can come in different forms as well including hand woven, flat woven and hand tufted. Following are some of the natural fibers you will see.
Jute & Sisal: These rugs will be a more coarse rug, but are very durable. You will find that rugs made from these grasses are also full of textures that are hard to find elsewhere. People that suffer from allergies often choose this rug because allergens don’t get trapped in fibers like they do softer materials.
Silk & Viscose: Coming in very rich colors, silk and viscose are an extremely soft choice. Silk rugs will also add a nice sheen to your home and add depth to area rugs. They are often combined with wool because silk is not very durable on its own.
Cotton: Cotton has the ability to be dyed easily so the variety in color is abundant. You will usually find that cotton rugs are created using a flat weave or braided pattern. This rug will be a more casual look but is durable and usually able to be washed in your washing machine.
Wool: Of all the natural fiber rugs, wool is the most popular as well as the most durable of all your options. Wool can stand up to high amounts of traffic and is easily dyed as well so you can find a rug in any color and design of your choice.

Synthetic Fiber Area Rugs

Synthetic area rugs are machine-made and woven on a power loom. These rugs are easily customizable and a popular choice among homeowners because they are generally cost effective. Following are the synthetic options.
Nylon: This is a very versatile rug that comes in a variety of styles and colors. It is durable and very easy to clean. Because it repels dirt and other debris, these rugs can withstand high amounts of traffic. They are budget friendly, but won’t likely stand the tests of time like wool rugs.
Olefin: The most popular choice in rugs by far because it mimics the look and feel of wool. It holds color well and is stain resistant to boot. This is such a durable material actually, that it is often used to make outdoor rugs.

Area Rug Cleaning & More in Tracy, Livermore, San Ramon, Dublin, Mountain House, Walnut Creek, Danville & the East Bay of California

If your area rug is starting to look dull and tired due to dust, dirt, debris and stains etc, you can count on Carpet Care 2000 to restore it to its original beauty and vibrancy. Call us today!

Carpet & Rug Cleaning

There are two categories of carpet cleaning methods. There is Steam Cleaning or Hot Water Extraction and there is the Low Moisture method often called Dry Cleaning. We offer both services but we prefer Steam Cleaning which is the most recommended by carpet manufacturers. Truck Mounted Steam Cleaning also removes the most soil and leaves the carpet the cleanest.

Oriental Rug Cleaning

Oriental rugs are beautiful works of art which should not trust just any one to clean. Just as art restoration is a science so too is the meticulous cleaning of Oriental rug restoration. So careful is the process that we need to bring in these beautifully woven masterpieces to our shop to ensure proper care. We will come to your home, carefully remove the antique rug from the premises and expertly transport it to our facility.

Upholstery Cleaning

Carpet Care 2000 is well equipped to handle all your upholstery cleaning needs. Usually performed on site in your home or office we come with all the equipment needed to take care of your fabric covered furniture. We place blankets on the floor to protect your furnishings and clean the furniture in place or set it outside on a deck, porch or garage when advantageous.

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